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Blackpool v Manchester United postponed due to frozen pitch

| 03.12.2010

Blackpool have been forced to postpone their Premier League game with Manchester United due to a frozen pitch.

Referee Peter Walton – after discussions with the Bloomfield Road ground staff – decided on Friday afternoon to postpone the game due to concerns about whether the severely affected areas would thaw out in time.

Manchester United may have lost their first game of the season against West Ham United 4-0 on Tuesday – their biggest defeat in nine years – but it could still spell bad news for Blackpool.

Sir Alex Ferguson looks set to bring back Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand to the defence after their capitulation against the Irons, while Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov should return to the starting line up as well.

It’s a measure of how well Blackpool are performing that Ferguson looks set to name such a strong side. The Seasiders continue to surprise everyone this season and have lost just one of their last six league games.

However, Manchester United will be a different proposition for Ian Holloway’s men. They may have drawn six away games this term, but with their first team hitting top gear in their 7-1 thrashing of Blackburn last week, it’s hard to look beyond a United win.

Manchester United should come out on top at 4/11, but a little extra value can be added by backing there to be over 3.5 goals at Bloomfield Road at 10/11.

The Seasiders have scored in every one of their home games since their goalless draw with Derby in August last season – 31 games without failing to find the net. With United finding their goal scoring form, backing a high scoring game could certainly be worth a bet.

With Holloway promising his side will go out to attack United, the only thing that stand in the way of a cracking game of football is the weather – Blackpool have finally admitted that the fixture may be in doubt after heavy over night frost

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.